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Leadership Sioux Falls


Leadership Sioux Falls

Since 1986, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has promoted and fostered the development of leadership in the greater Sioux Falls community. Leadership Sioux Falls is a program designed to meet the community´s need for active participation of informed and dedicated community leaders.

Each year, curriculum is developed with the idea of creating an integrated, total experience for participants. The topics change as the issues, challenges and opportunities of the community change. However, all sessions are designed to be highly interactive, stimulating and thought provoking. Participants are also expected to share their unique experiences and learn from one another. Leadership Sioux Falls uses the community as its classroom as sessions are held at various locations in the community.

The program is open to all people who live or work in the Sioux Falls metro area. Individuals from all segments of the community are encouraged to apply. If you are a community-minded, committed citizen and have an interest if shaping our community´s future, Leadership Sioux Falls is for you.

Sessions are held monthly, October though May.

To request a Leadership Sioux Falls Graduate Directory, contact us at (605) 336-1620.


Leadership Sioux Falls´ purpose is reflected in these goals:

  • To develop awareness of the Sioux Falls area, its challenges and opportunities.
  • To strengthen leadership abilities by identifying leadership styles, skills and possibilities.
  • To form a network of informed, concerned citizens who can help guide the future growth of the community.
  • To educate and motivate leaders to greater involvement in the community.

Program participants will:

  • To educate and motivate leaders to greater involvement in the community.
  • Expand personal leadership talent.
  • Develop valuable contacts and communication networks.
  • Ready themselves for future leadership opportunities in their careers and community.

Employers and sponsoring organizations will:

  • See benefits from the broadened perspectives and enhanced potential of participants.
  • Open doors for greater corporate/organizational community involvement and visibility.
  • Create additional opportunities to influence positive change

The community will:

  • Experience benefits through increased community involvement from participants.
  • Reap future benefit from collective commitment to effective leadership by program graduates.

Tuition for Leadership Sioux Falls 31 will be $475.

  • Tuition covers expenses for meals, notebooks, bus tours, graduation and all other costs incidental to the operation of the program.
  • Tuition may be paid by the candidate´s employer, a sponsor or the candidate.
  • Tuition is non-refundable. Participants who are selected, but fail to meet the time commitment are dropped from the program and will not receive a tuition refund.
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For more information about Leadership Sioux Falls, contact the Chamber: (605) 336-1620.

  • A maximum of 30 individuals will be chosen to participate in the Leadership Sioux Falls program each year. To be eligible for selection, the applicant's employer/sponsor must be in support of the applicant's full participation in all required sessions. Participants are selected based on the information submitted on the application and in the required letters of recommendation. The selection committee will strive to enroll a class that represents a diverse range of occupations, backgrounds, interests and talents with preference given to individuals who:

  • have participated in past community and professional activities
  • are a current resident or are employed in the Sioux Falls metro area
  • are over the age of 25
  • are able to attend all required sessions; class members missing sessions will be dropped from the program and will not graduate
  • commit to serving and strengthening the community upon completion of the program

The Leadership Sioux Falls experience does not end at graduation. Graduates become a new community resource for boards and task force groups in the private and non-profit sector.

  • Graduates are asked to make return "guest appearances" at future Leadership Sioux Falls classes. Through contact with a wide range of professionals and the "behind the scenes" knowledge gained, Leadership Sioux Falls graduates are ready to expand their influence on the community.

    To obtain a list of Leadership Sioux Falls Graduates, call: (605) 336-1620

2016-2017 LSF-31 Schedule

  • Session 1: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (all day)
  • Session 2: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, 8 a.m.-noon (half day)
  • Session 3: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, 8 a.m.-noon (half day)
  • Session 4: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, noon-8:00 p.m. (evening)
  • Session 5: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. (All day trip to Pierre)
  • Session 6: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 8 a.m.-noon (half day)
  • Session 7: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 8 a.m.-noon (half day)
  • Session 8: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Graduation Banquet)

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